House Democrats want to Add Four Seats to the Supreme Court
Democrats opposing the bill state that it would open the door for more of a GOP push to fill the newly added seats...
House Democrats have proposed legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court in hopes to even out the “ultra right-wing” branch of government that just overturned Roe v. Wade. Not only has the Supreme Court become notorious for its overturning of Roe v. Wade, but it also has disrupted Miranda rights, allowed religion to surface in schools, and also just tossed out New York gun control laws just after a school massacre at Uvalde School District in Texas.
The lead sponsor of the bill, Hank Johnson, considered the Supreme Court to be “at crisis with itself and with our democracy where basic freedoms are under assault.” He continued, “It’s making decisions that usurp the power of the legislative and executive branches.”
The obvious Republican opposition and even some Democratic opposition have given the bill very little chance or even opportunity to become law. However, it demonstrates the frustration of not only the public but lawmakers as well about the Supreme Court and the direction it has been heading. The three conservative Justices brought on by former President Donald Trump have altered the direction of the court undoubtedly.
Many Democrats that have publically opposed the bill express their concerns that an expansion would open the court up for more Republicans to push for more GOP nominees to fill the openings. Mondaire Jones said, “The nightmare scenario of GOP court-packing is already upon us. That’s how they got this far-right 6-3 majority in the first place.”
Considering a shift in the number of seats isn’t something necessarily unheard of when we speak about branches of government. Congress has changed the number of seats seven times in the long history of the United States.